DIMO first ventured into a marine environment protection initiative in 2012 with the ‘Panama Project’, which focused on turtle conservation.
Such has been a primary concern in the stretch from Panama to Okanda, which is a famous nesting ground for mainly Olive Ridley (90 per- cent), Green turtle (five per- cent), and Loggerhead turtles (five percent).
DIMO and Wildlife & Ocean Resource Conservation (WORC), carried out several timely initiatives, and the company was able to release more than 150,000 hatchlings to open water. To protect the eggs from natural predators, DIMO took the initiative to build a cage, emphasizing the safety of the nests, covering them where the turtle hatchlings could come out through the gaps of the cage. DIMO also offers a steady wage to the appointed community members for looking after the eggs, thereby empowering the community and discouraging illegal activities within the locality. The community was also enlightened with helpful knowledge on how they can contribute to protect- ing the turtle nests.